Monday, July 31, 2017

Indians add Joe Smith and...

The Cleveland Indians made one move to add to their impressive bullpen,but it wasn't what one would have thought for the relievers as instead of a much needed extra lefty to replace the injured Boone Logam,it was righthanded submariner Joe Smith.

Smith,a former Indian,returned to Cleveland for two minor leaguers-pitcher Thomas Pannone and infielder Samad Taylor and will be used along with Bryan Shaw as an option for the 6th and 7th innings.
Smith was pitching well for the Blue Jays with a record of 3-0 and an ERA of 3.28 in 38 appearances.
Smith also has been pretty durable over his career,although he did miss a month earlier this season.

For Smith,it's a return home,but the most excited person might be Smith's wife- CBS sports reporter and native Northeast Ohioan Allie LaForce.

I'll put aside that it was Smith that left the Indians to begin with,not the other way around,but I'm sure that the excitement is legitimate for the pair.
Joe Smith certainly adds bullpen depth and won't be one of these players that looks at coming to Cleveland as a pit stop.
He is a free agent at the end of the year and I think if Smith pitches well,there would be interest from both sides in bringing him back for next season.
I bet Allie LaForce might have a say in this as well.

As for the prospects leaving the banks of Lake Erie,neither are top prospects,but both are interesting to a degree.
Thomas Pannone has impressed me in a season split between High A Lynchburg and AA Akron.
Pannone didn't allow an earned run in five Lynchburg starts and has notched a ERA of 2.62 in 14 starts.
Pannone has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4 to 1 in Akron,throws in the low 90's and is an interesting arm to watch in Toronto,who did a remarkable job with another unknown arm in Joe Biagini.

Samad Taylor is a 19 year old second baseman that was a tenth round pick in the 2016 draft,but is hitting .300 with four homers for Mahoning Valley in the short season New York/Penn league.
Those are pretty solid numbers for a high school player in a league filled with college players,so Taylor's an interesting player to watch,but players at this level are a bit of a lottery ticket.

In the end,I like this for both teams.
Cleveland adds bullpen depth,although not from the lefthanded side and the Blue Jays add a pitcher that could help Toronto as early as next year in Thomas Pannone as well as a potential prospect in the lower end of their system in Samad Taylor.
Pannone has a better chance to move up quickly in the Blue Jays system than in the Indians,so this really could help both sides of the trade.

I'm on the road tomorrow,so I will try to write about the Pirates bullpen moves on deadline day tomorrow evening,unless breaking news occurs.

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